Summer 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 8

Finally caught up after my time away! I was helped slightly by the fact there was no Zankyou no Terror this week, adding one less show to the backlog. Of course, it also means that a spot in my Top 5 is up for grabs!

I assumed Magbaredge's lot would capture Slaine while he was on Earth... bet he wishes they had, too! :O

I assumed Magbaredge’s lot would capture Slaine while he was on Earth… bet he wishes they had, too! 😮

1 – Aldnoah Zero ep 8

2 – Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus ep 8 (↑ 2)

3 – Tokyo Ghoul ep 8 (↑ 3)

4 – Hunter x Hunter ep 144 (↓ 1)

5 – Barakamon ep 8 (↑ 2)

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 21 (↓ 1)

7 – Haikyuu!! ep 21 ( 1)

8 – Re:␣Hamatora ep 8 (↑ 4)

9 – Akame ga Kill! ep 8 

10 – Love Stage!! ep 8 (↑ 6)

11 – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun ep 8 (↑ 2)

12 – Tokyo ESP ep 8 (↓ 2)

13 – Nobunaga Concerto ep 7 (↓ 2)

14 – Free! Eternal Summer ep 8 

15 – DRAMAtical Murder ep 8

16 – Bakumatsu Rock ep 8 (↑ 2)

17 – Sabagebu! ep 8 

There were a few fun direction choices in this episode. :D

There were a few fun direction choices in this episode. 😀

Moving up:

Love Stage is one of the less predictable series, in terms of where it will rank from week to week. The jump this week is down to the unusual format of the episode… at first, with its multiple flashbacks and narration, I assumed it would be a dreaded recap episode, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Instead, we got an insight into Izumi’s upbringing (it’s all Shougo and Rei’s fault!), a brief look at Rei’s past, and finally ended with Izumi’s show business debut – I’m intrigued to see how that will work out!

A new record placing for Tokyo Ghoul, and it would have been even if Zankyou no Terror had aired and ranked above it. This series has had some great villains in Tsukiyama the ‘Gourmet’ and the appropriately named Mado – I just hope it has more lined up to replace them! There’s also the continuing theme of whether ghouls and humans could learn to live together side by side… I find that unlikely, since people seem to have a hard enough time getting along without the additional fear of being eaten. But this is fiction, and it’s certainly a nice goal for our half-ghoul protagonist to work towards. 🙂

Mado may have been a cruel and sadistic piece of work, but even he had friends and family who cared for him... and so the cycle of hatred continues.

Mado may have been a cruel and sadistic piece of work, but even he had friends and family who cared for him… and so the cycle of hatred continues.

After I dropped the two genuinely flawed series from my weekly lineup, Bakumatsu Rock inevitably ended up at the bottom – a shame, as it’s ridiculously good fun (ridiculous being the key word there). I just can’t really justify rating it over anything with a half-decent plot though, and it doesn’t quite reach the same level of comic genius as Barakamon or Nozaki-kun either. But that’s enough negativity, it’s moved up this week, even if one of those places is by default. 😛 The Dark Cherries’ bizarre assassination attempts were amusing, but it was Ikumatsu’s fantasies that made me smile the most.

Moving down:

This week’s Nobunaga Concerto was slower than usual, building up towards greater things to come, hopefully. The time skips are throwing me as well – Saburo’s looks and attitude haven’t changed from the first episode, but the fact that Oichi now has a child shows that time is moving quickly between all the key moments of Nobunaga’s life! Meanwhile, Kinoshita Toukichirou (now known as Hashiba Hideyoshi) is quickly rising through the ranks…

Still plenty of amusing things going on in the background. :razz:

Still plenty of amusing things going on in the background. 😛

General comments:

We finally got to see Sugawara play in an official match in this week’s Haikyuu!! 😀 Having a major member of the cast literally sidelined isn’t something I’ve seen before in sports anime (though I’ll admit I’ve not seen THAT many), and it’s certainly added to the drama. But as much as I enjoy Hinata and Kageyama’s hilarious interactions, I’ve liked Sugawara since very early on in the series, so it’s great to see him take centre stage for a while. Hopefully not for the last time, either! 😀

DRAMAtical Murder seems to be missing something… other than the sex scenes, that is. 😛 The plot continues to move forwards at a nice pace, and there’s a lot going on what with Aoba’s SCRAP ability and the mind control in Platinum Jail and Morphine… but I’m starting to lose interest. This week’s episode focused on Noiz, one of the more intriguing characters – turns out he can’t feel physical pain, hence why he likes the game Rhyme, as it lets him feel something close to pain in his mind instead. Aoba destroys his trauma, allowing him to feel pain. Now all I need is for him to come here and destroy whatever’s prevented me from liking this episode!

Sugawara's entrance was  just fantastic. :D

Sugawara’s entrance was just fantastic. 😀

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3 Responses to Summer 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 8

  1. You didn’t care for episode 8 of Sabagebu at all, I’m guessing. 🙂 I thought the first and second halves were quite funny, though I did feel sorry for Maya. She finally gets to be the last person on her team standing only to be molested by the students of the “Immaculate and Pure Maidens High School” or whatever they called it.

    • I didn’t mind it, though it was quite fanservice-heavy, which was a shock considering that the series had avoided that for the most part in previous episodes. It was funny in places, but not enough to beat Bakumatsu Rock this week.

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